KENYAN PRESIDENT SAYS WILL REACH OUT TO OPPOSITION LEADER ODINGA AFTER FRESH POLLS

NAIROBI, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will reach out to opposition leader Raila Odinga once the fresh presidential election is over.

Speaking after casting his vote in Gatundu, about 50 kilometres north of here, in Thursday’s court-mandated fresh election, the president said it is the responsibility of whoever is elected to foster unity among Kenyans, regardless of their political inclination.

The President said he therefore intends to engage Odingaa — who has boycotted the fresh Presidential election — saying it is the minimum a responsible leader should do.

Uhuru said Kenya had proved that its democracy had matured after going through a Presidential election and its nullification by the Supreme Court and said it was the right of every Kenya to elect their leaders.

He thanked voters who woke up early to go to polling stations to cast their ballots, saying their right should be respected. Those who do not wish to vote should also be respected as no one right supersedes another.

The President, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, said officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should be allowed to conduct the election in every part of the Country and those assaulting them should be arrested.

He also urged Kenyans to shun tribal politics saying the country cannot achieve its goals if politicians continue to base their support along ethnic lines. Campaigns are divisive and it is the responsibility of whoever is elected president to deal with those divisions, to heal and bring the country together, President Kenyatta said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK